Sermon Quotes: "A Radical Proposal"

“To count testing as a joy is a truly radical proposal. How can a trial be regarded as a joy? And can it be regarded as ‘altogether’ or ‘all’ joy?” Don McCartney

“Frankly, many of us would prefer that this passage were not in the Bible. But it may also be one of the most profound and crucial for truly mature Christian living.” Craig Blomberg

“James is nothing if not realistic: life is a tale of various trials.” Alec Motyer

“Embracing trials doesn’t mean we are to pretend they are not trials. It simply means that we are to not let our reactions to them be determined by how they first feel to us.” Mark Dever

“The stakes are high here. Suffering will either leave you a much better person or a much worse one than you were before. Trials and troubles in life, which are inevitable, will either make you or break you. But either way, you will not remain the same.” Tim Keller

“Life is tough but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” John Wayne

“The small word ‘it’ contains the whole of life. It sums up in its tiny compass every one of the various trials which the present may contain, the future may bring, or the past may keep stored in memory. There is no trial, no great calamity or small pressure, no overwhelming sorrow or small rub of life outside the plan of God.” Alec Motyer

“This hard saying by James is really a merciful one, for it teaches us to endure trials in a spirit that will make us feel them least.” Alfred Plummer

“James is bringing a word of caution. A believer might endure for a while, and then tire of enduring. In this case the desired growth to maturity is halted midway. There has to be a persistency of enduring. Steadfastness must have its full effect. The road is, therefore, hard and long, and the task is unremitting: to endure the first onset of the startling, unexpected trial, and to endure again while it persists, and then to go on enduring. We are called to persistent endurance. But the hard road has a glorious destination for us us too: ‘that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.’” Alec Motyer